Alex Marienthal has joined the GNFAC forecasting team for the 2015-16 season. Alex worked for the Friends of the Avalanche Center as an avalanche educator for the past five years with the last two as Education Coordinator. He also ski patrolled at Bridger Bowl for the past five winters. Alex earned his masters degree in snow science from MSU in 2014. The focus of his Master’s thesis was forecasting deep slab avalanches on persistent weak layers http://scholarworks.montana.edu/xmlui/handle/1/8786. Alex grew up skiing and navigating the mountains of Colorado and has skied off mountaintops throughout the intermountain west, Sierra Nevada, Chugach, and Canadian Rockies.